There are countless imaginative stories about Niccolò Paganini's demonic performances. Only few know that he paid special attention to the strings of his instruments. Knowledge kept secret for centuries went into the making of these Italian lamb gut strings, called 'Corde Divine'. The documentary The Dark Secret of Mr. Paganini is an extraordinary cinematic journey through 400 years of European string history, at the end of which comes a crucial realization: Perfection is undesirable.
A co-production by ORF, ARTE and Felix Breisach Medienwerkstatt funded by Austrian Television Fund and VAM, distributed by ORF-Enterprise
Robert Angst, Matthias Kind
Year of production
CZECH TELEVISION PRIZE